Friday, 19 October 2012

Fall into Cruciferous-ness

Yes, it's that time of year again.  The cruciferous family of plants is in full bloom at the right time.  It's autumn, and it's time to boost the immune system given the change in weather and temperature.  Summer has been comforting and fun for bare-feet and bare skin.  Now it's time to cover up and put on the layers.  Thank goodness the Cruciferous vegetable family is in full bloom - Kale, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower, and even Bokchoy, turnips and radishes.  The list seems almost endless.  And that makes it easy to bring these into your diet!

There are some plant enzymes and sulfur components that occur naturally in this plant family that are the real benefactors to help our immune system.  The crucial part is that we have healthy gut bacteria to break down these components and bring them into our blood.  From there they just get carried to where the body needs them most to fight off any inflammation caused by viruses or bacteria.  The healthy gut flora is absolutely necessary as well as making sure the vegetables are not over-cooked.

Enjoy the plethora of choices for bringing these delicious veggies into your diet and stepping up the game against bacteria and viruses that are in the air.